Cards secured: Smiling faces at the Q-School
Qualifying School 2023
192 players, one dream: the ticket for the Pro Golf Tour season 2024. At the Verden Golf Club and at the Holledau Golf Club, both Q-School events took place in parallel this year. In the Holledau, a Frenchman shone with a new course record. In the end, several players are happy about their tour card.
Verden/Rudelzhausen, Germany - Encore at the very highest level: A few days after the highly exciting season finale at Castanea Golf Resort, the Pro Golf Tour year was finally concluded. As in 2021, both events of the Qualifying School again took place in parallel. While the Verden Golf Club hosted the event for the third time in a row, the Holledau Golf Golf Club celebrated its premiere. 96 players each fought for their tour card for the Pro Golf Tour 2024 on the two perfectly prepared courses. The impressive performances on the two days of the Q-School showed how much potential and fresh talent we can expect from next year.
Course record in the Holledau
Frenchman Alexandre Fuchs made the biggest headlines on the first day of Q-School II in Rudelzhausen, Bavaria. The 25-year-old from Mouans-Sartoux needed just 60 strokes on the par-71 course at Golfanlage Holledau, setting a new course record. "That was my best round ever," Fuchs said of his dream performance. Overall, he remained without a bogey on the 36 holes and recorded a sensational 17 birdies as well as an eagle. As a result, he won the event in commanding fashion with an overall score of 19 under par and a nine-stroke lead. "I really enjoyed it and it's great to know that I'm guaranteed to play on the Pro Golf Tour next year." In addition to Fuchs, all other players from the top ten were able to cheer about the full tour card (category 5).
Close race in Verden
Not as clear as the title race in the Holledau developed the fight for the best overall result in Verden. With the German amateur Connor Engelmohr and Hugo Amsallem from France, two players shared the top position at the end at six under par. "I am very happy with my game and very happy that I will definitely be there next year," said Engelmohr after rounds of 70 and 68 strokes at the Verden Golf Club. And Amsallem is also naturally looking forward to the next step in his career: "This is a very good way to reach the next level and then hopefully play on the Challenge Tour soon." So we can look forward to seeing which future stars will attract attention in 2024.
The Pro Golf Tour has always been considered a springboard for young as well as aspiring golfers who want to move up to the highest European playing class as quickly as possible. The top ten of the respective qualifying tournaments have taken a first step in the right direction and are looking forward to the full tour card. Also the places 11 to 30 can expect some starts on the Pro Golf Tour, who start the upcoming season in category 8. All other players from the top 45 are guaranteed category 10. With the two Q-School events, the Pro Golf Tour now finally says goodbye to the winter break.